Valorant best guns tier list (January 2023) - Top picks for Episode 6 Act 1

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Looking for an updated Valorant best guns tier list? For the new year, we've taken a fresh look and combed through the data, players impressions, and community feedback to work on what we consider to be a solid ranking of the best (and worst) guns in the game right now.

Throughout the years, Riot Games has introduced weapon changes that burgeoned new strategies that shaped the meta. For instance, the recent Spectre nerfs caused the Stinger usage to soar. With the introduction of the overhauled Split to the current map rotation, here are currently the best Valorant guns for Episode 6 Act 1.

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Valorant best guns tier list (January 2023)

Tier Guns
SOperator, Stinger, Vandal, Phantom, Sheriff
AGhost, Frenzy, Classic, Bulldog
BGuardian, Spectre, Odin, Judge
CAres, Marshall
FShorty

The tier list has not changed much. S-tier guns are still the most used weapons in the lineup, with the exception of the Stinger, which has seen the light of day because of the recent Spectre nerfs. Overall, the Valorant gun meta is pretty balanced, unlike in the past, where they buffed the Ares like crazy.

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S-tier guns

As mentioned previously, these guns have not moved from their place in the tier list. The Operator, Vandal, Phantom, and Sheriff have been consistent and used by professional players every time.

The new addition to this tier is the Stinger because of its big accuracy buff, and the unnecessary nerfs to the Spectre.

A-tier guns

These guns are strong in certain situations. During pistol rounds, the Frenzy is strong at close range, the Ghost excels at long-range fights, while the Classic has the dreaded right-click mechanic. Finally, the Bulldog is a strong choice for second-round buys because of its average close-range potential and huge range.

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B-tier guns

All of these guns are strong in their own right. However, the S-tier guns are more flexible and the better choice in most situations.

C-tier guns

Ares and Marshall users are hard to come by. Some guns outclass these for a lower price, the Stinger and Sheriff, to be exact. Still, like B-tier guns, the Ares and Marshall have their strengths, but it is better to pick guns in the higher tiers.

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D-tier guns

The sole member of the D tier, the Shorty is always outclassed by its bigger siblings, namely the Judge and Bucky. Even though this gun is sold for 150 credits, there are far better choices for a secondary weapon.

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